Health Benefits of Lime Essential Oil
The health benefits of Lime Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti septic, anti viral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, restorative and tonic.
The Essential Oil of Lime is extracted by cold compression of fresh peels of lime or by steam distillation of its dried peels. The scientific name of Lime is Citrus Aurantifolia. The Essential Oil of Lime is composed of compounds like Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Terpinolene, Cineole, Linalool, Borneol, Citral, Neral Acetate and Geranyl Acetate.
There is nothing new to tell about limes. They are very well known across the world and are extensively used in pickles, jams, marmalades, sauces, confectionaries, squashes, sorbets, desserts, beverages, cosmetics and a numerous other industrial products.
Health benefits of lime
Antiseptic: It can cure infections, protect from them and has anti septic properties, that is, it can prevent tetanus. Externally applied, Lime Oil can cure infections on skin and in wounds and even protect from new infections. Internally taken, it effectively helps cure infections of throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines and urinary system. It is miraculously effective in curing sores, gangrene, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes, carbuncles and such problems. It can even cure viral infection of the whole respiratory system, thus benefiting in bronchitis. It is effective in fighting other viral infections such as in case of flu, mumps, cough and cold, measles etc.
Antiviral: This helps fight and protect against viral infections which may cause common cold, mumps, measles, pox and other such diseases.
Astringent: Being an astringent, Lime Essential Oil helps cure toothache, strengthens grip of gums on teeth and protect them from falling, tightens loosened muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness and youth. This property can also be used to cure diarrhea too. There is one more important benefit of astringent. It can check haemorrhage by contracting blood vessels and can save lives.
Aperitif: The very smell of Lime Oil waters mouth. In small doses, it serves as an appetizer or aperitif. It activates secretion of digestive juices into the stomach even before you start eating and increases your hunger.
Bactericidal: It is a good bactericide. It can be used in treatment of food poisoning, diarrhea, typhoid and cholera which are caused by bacteria. Further, it can cure internal bacterial infections like in colon, stomach, intestines and urinary tract as well as external infections on skin, ears, eyes and in wounds.
Disinfectant: Lime Oil is also known for its disinfectant properties. Added in food stuffs, it protects them from getting spoiled from infection by microbes. Consumed, it cures microbial infection in colon, urinary tract, kidneys, genitals etc. Applied externally, it protects skin and wounds from infections and helps them heal quickly. It can be used in dilution for applying on scalp to protect hair from various infections, lice etc.
Febrifuge: Fever is just a symptom which shows that the immune system of our body is fighting against infections or unwanted substances. Thus, fever always accompanies infections, such as cold, viral infections, bacterial infections and infections on wounds, liver malfunctions, pox, boils, allergy or arthritis. Lime Essential Oil, simultaneously being an Anti Allergenic, Anti Microbial, Anti Inflammatory, Anti Tussive, Cicatrisant, Fungicidal and Anti Septic at a stretch, helps cure the cause of fever and eventually reduces fever, thereby acting as a febrifuge.
Haemostatic: An agent that can stop bleeding, either by promoting coagulation of blood or by means of contraction of blood vessels, is a Haemostatic. Lime Oil is a Haemostatic by virtue of its astringent properties which help reduce haemorrhage by contracting blood vessels.
Restorative: This oil serves as a restorative by restoring health and strength. This is quite similar to the effect of a tonic. Very good for those who are recovering after suffering long.
Tonic: Tones up muscles, tissues and skin as well as the various systems functioning inside the body, such as respiratory system, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system and the excretory system. This tonic effect helps retain youth for a long.
Other Benefits: Apart from having the medicinal properties discussed above, it is anti depressant, anti arthritic, reduces pain of muscles and joints and is a very good anti oxidant.
Few Words of Caution: In very rare cases, this oil can cause photo sensitivity if exposed to strong sun after application.
Blending: Lime Essential Oil blends well with essential oils of Clary Sage, Lavender, Neroli and Ylang-Ylang.